LATEST: 2,851 positive COVID-19 cases in Springfield; 127 deaths

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Mayor Sarno along with health officials provided a COVID-19 update Monday morning at City Hall.

Mayor Sarno started off the news conference mentioning good trends continue throughout the city with COVID-19 cases. Friday, there were 5 new cases reported, Saturday 9, and Sunday 7. As of Monday, there is a total of 2,851 positive COVID-19 cases since March. One more COVID-19 – related death was reported since last week totaling 127.

Several free COVID-19 testing sites in Springfield are still working to be established with the help of Springfield Health Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris. As the back-to-school season begins, the Springfield Public School system is working to accommodate changes for the fall during the pandemic.

Dr. Mark Keroack, President and CEO of Baystate Health

  • Uptick in COVID-19 cases from community members
  • 23 patients test positive for COVID-19
  • 22 of those patients at Baystate Medical Center
  • 1 patient at Noble Hospital
  • 2 patients in critical care 
  • 800 COVID-19 tests conducted a day 
  • 2.2 percent positive rate (an increase from last week)
  • Patients were tested a week since after recent outbreak
  • Additional 8 new patients test positive from the recent outbreak
  • Additional 7 new employees test positive  from the recent outbreak

Dr. Robert Roose, chief medical officer at Mercy Medical Center

  • Focusing on re-enforcing safe care for all patients and staff
  • Upon testing, incoming patients will be isolated from others and quarantined up to 14 days even if test results come back negative
  • Contact tracing and follow-ups have been conducted to assess the risk is for testing positive
  • No patients tested positive for a week after contact tracing was conducted
  • Residents are encouraged not to travel outside of the state to a hotspot area
  • There is currently three positive COVID-19 patients at Mercy
  • 1 patient in ICU
  • 2 percent positive rate in testing 
  • Over 27,000 COVID-19 tests have been performed

Health Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris

  • 110,430 positive COVID-19 within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • 8,717 deaths in the state
  • 6,698 cases in Hampden County
  • 127 deaths in Springfield
  • 2,851 COVID-19 cases in Springfield
  • AMC Urgent Care, Tapestry Health, and Baystate will be conducting free COVID-19 testing. Turn around testing results is 7 to 10 days as facilities partner with Quest Lab
  • 24 tests will be conducted at each site
  • 3 testing sites will run on fixed days and times each week; will not be opened daily
(Maps shows 1,694 different locations where the virus is or has been in Springfield since March)

Springfield Fire Commissioner B.J. Calvi

  • No members out with COVID-19
  • Several structure fires reported last week
  • Arson arrest made, officers searching for one other suspect

Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood

  • Two officers out on COVID-19; One tests positive 
  • Extra patrols will be out to help with trees and wires still down from Sunday’s tornado

Superintendent of Springfield Public Schools Daniel Warwick

  • Over 2 million meals served to Springfield residents since March
  • Summer school has been on-going and will be expanded 
  • 3-models being planned; Full re-opening, Hybrid, Remote 
  • In Springfield hybrid or remote options are only available due to a high population
  • Every parent has a right to chose if they want their child to learn remotely

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